The Northern New York Chapter of the American Red Cross held its first Real Heroes Breakfast in 10 years Wednesday morning and the event attracted an overflow crowd of more than 210 people at the Hilton Garden Inn, Watertown.
“We are thrilled with the turnout and we already have people and businesses contacting us about next year’s event,” said Jane Gendron, Community Chapter Executive for the Northern New York Chapter. “We’re looking to make it even bigger and better next year.”
The Real Heroes Breakfast celebrated the Red Cross mission of alleviating human suffering by honoring 15 people from Northern New York who performed heroic acts to help others in need. The Premier Sponsor of the 2013 Real Heroes Breakfast was Community Bank, N.A.
This year’s honorees included: a woman who taught her friend the skills she needed to save her 8-month-old son’s life; two people who donated kidneys to save the lives of young men; eight Fort Drum soldiers and a police officer who rescued people from their burning homes; and a volunteer fire fighter who prevented a runaway ferry with passengers from crashing into the shoreline.
The breakfast has become a signature event for other chapters throughout the American Red Cross Central New York Region, and Jane wanted to bring it back to recognize Northern New York’s Real Heroes.
Proceeds from the Real Heroes Breakfast benefit the Red Cross, which provides relief to victims of disasters and helps people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. Working families in Northern New York often require emergency assistance from home fires, ice storms and other disasters.
In the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2012, the Northern New York Chapter assisted 91 families affected by disasters, provided 513 emergency communications to members of the Armed Forces and their families, and trained 14,115 individuals in CPR, First Aid and other health and safety courses in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties.